“It is wonderful for the students to be honored and recognized for their creativity,” said Rebecca Dason, chair of the Fine Arts Department.
A stoneware clay bust of a woman and a mixed-media collage were the works of art that earned two Gibbons students national art awards, placing their pieces in the top 1 percent of the more than 330,000 works of art submitted to the 2017 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards Program. Senior Isabella Crabtree received a national gold medal for her dramatic sculpture and Avery Ang, a junior, received a national silver medal for her collage depicting her family heritage.
Isabella will be heading to New York City to be recognized during a ceremony for national gold medal awardees on June 8 at Carnegie Hall. Her sculpture will be exhibited in June at the Parson's School of Design gallery in mid-town Manhattan.
"I was surprised. I thought it must be a mistake," Isabella said of her initial reaction to receiving the honor. "Then I was excited to tell my parents who said they were very proud." Isabella's mother, Johanna '92, is a Gibbons alumna.
Avery said her initial reaction to winning the silver medal was disbelief, which turned to "happiness and excitement."
Both students are among the 22 Gibbons student-artists who received 45 regional gold or silver awards or received honorable mention in the program's regional competition.
"It is wonderful for the students to be honored and recognized for their creativity," said Rebecca Dason, chair of the Fine Arts Department.